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Review for Local Government Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As an appointed councilperson, I received a brochure advertising the Local Government Academy from our borough secretary. When I indicated my interest in attending the Newly Elected Officials Course, the other members of council encouraged my interest and unanimously agreed to have the borough reimburse me for the tuition. My high expectations for learning about municipal government operations have been more than satisfied. In fact the organizers and presenters at our all day Saturday sessions have excited me and convinced me that I can and should make a positive impact on the quality of life in my community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

appreciating the wide diversity of municipalities represented by the course attendees and learning about the many different issues confronting the different newly elected officials.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

encouraging, personable, helpful, and passionate about improving the effectiveness of local governments.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend its mission in facilitating intergovernmental communication, planning, and implementation of joint municipal actions needed to efficiently manage community resources.

Ways to make it better...

I had spent more time reviewing the large quantity of information presented at each Saturday session.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

convincing more elected officials to participate in its programs.

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Role:  Client Served & I attended four day length seminars introducing me to municipal operations and responsibilities (e.g. financing, infrastructure, and planning).